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Getting Started With
Miles and Points
Summer Hull – Mommy Points
Ed Pizzarello – Pizza in Motion
Who Are We?
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Summer Hull
www.mommypoints.com
Twitter: @mommy_points
Email: mommypoints@mommypoints.com
Facebook: facebook.com/MommyPoints
Who Are We?
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Ed Pizzarello
www.pizzainmotion.com
Twitter: @pizzainmotion
Email: ed@milepoint.com
PizzaInMotion.com
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What We’re Going to Talk About
• Why Collect Miles and Points
• Things to Think About Up-front
• How to Earn
• How to Burn
• Questions
Connect With Relatives
Show Your Kids the World
Connect With Each Other
Spread Out
Arrive Rested
Eat Awesome Food
Stay Places We Could Never Afford
Just Have Fun
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Things to Think About Upfront
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What Are Your Goals?
• Domestic tickets for multiple people
• International first class for one
• Business Class for two
• Top end hotels around the world
• Family resorts
• Flexibility to book any date
• Tickets to Europe during off-peak times
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Your goals should dictate your actions.
It’s much easier to know where to start
when you can see the end game.
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Reach your first miles and points goal
and then set a new one. The goal is to
use them, not to collect them!
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• Start small
• Don’t worry about what others
are doing
• Do what is right for you
• Don’t sweat the small stuff
• Stay focused on your goals
• Get organized
Tips for Getting Started
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Award Wallet
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• Set due dates on the same day
• Pay bills online
• Use a spread sheet
• Use service like mint.com if
you need extra help
• Only use certain cards in a
given month
Tips for Staying Organized
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Miles and points collecting
can take as much or as little
time as you want.
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Be aware that “free” isn’t
always free…but sometimes
it can be close.
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Burning well is harder than
earning, so pay attention to
both.
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Earning Miles and
Points
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• Credit cards
• Debit cards
• Online shopping
• Traveling
• Promotions
• Dining Programs
• Investments
• Asking/complaining
Ways to Earn Miles and Points
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Credit cards are the
fastest and easiest
way to earn miles
and points.
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I have earned close to
half a million points in
one year.
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Remember Your Goals
1. Flexible and transferrable
points cards
2. Hotel and airline specific cards
3. Fixed value points
4. Cash back cards
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Transferrable Points
• Ink Bold – 50k
• Ink Plus – 50k
• Chase Sapphire
Preferred – 40k
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Transferrable Points
• Premier Rewards Gold– 25k
• Business Gold Rewards – 50k
• Mercedes Benz Plat – 50k
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Airline and Hotel Cards
• United MileagePlus Explorer Card
• US Airways MasterCard
• Hilton HHonors Reserve Card
• Club Carlson Visa
Less flexibility, but often give “elite like” perks.
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Barclay ArrivalCard, Capital One
Venture Car & FlexPerks
• Bad for premium cabins
• Good for inexpensive domestic travel.
• Good for those who must have date
flexibility.
Fixed Value Points
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Category Bonuses
• Ink Bold/Ink Plus 5x: Office Supply stores, cell
phone, home phone, internet, cable
• Chase Freedom 5x: rotating quarterly
categories with $1,500 cap (no annual fee)
• Amex PRG: 3x on airfare, 2x gas/groceries
• Amex Blue Cash Preferred: 6% grocery/3%
gas (grocery capped at $6K)
• US Bank FlexPerks: 3x charitable donations
(Kiva), 2x on cell phone and either grocery, gas,
or airline
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Chase Trifecta
Chase Checking
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• Never miss a payment.
• Don’t spend more just to get the
bonus or more points.
• Be a good customer.
• Annual fees can add up, so do the
math.
• Credit score may go down in the
short run.
Dangers of Rewards Cards
What Goes Into Credit Score
Inquiries and age of account can hurt, but
total debt to credit ratio can be helped.
My Credit Score Estimates
• Citi Identity
Monitor
• Credit Karma
• Credit Sesame
Online Shopping
Occasional Bonus Promos
Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal
Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal
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• Buy a gift card to earn bonus
points
• Then use that gift card via the
portal to make your purchase
• Check Frequent Miler’s lab for
current success stories
Double Dipping in Portals
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• Compare manually for large
purchases for accuracy
• www.evreward.com
• Pick2Pay
Compare Shopping Portal Rates
Dining Rewards Network
• 3x – 5x miles per dollar + sign-up and other
occasional bonuses
• Current 3,000 mile United promo
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• Contests, giveaways, sign-up
bonuses, free point bonuses
• Occasionally very lucrative
promos come along – hit them big
if you can
• Worth doing for one, worth doing
for the whole family
Look Our For Promotions
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• Investments
• Mortgages
• LASIK
• Partners (car rental, flower
orders, wine clubs, etc.)
• Daily Getaways (cheap purchase)
• Speak up when things go wrong
• Just ask
Other ways of earning miles
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• Always earn miles on trips
• Credit to a partner if needed
• Look out for promos and register
• Mileage running can be
lucrative…but only for a few
• Mainly done for elite status
Earn Miles From Actual Travel
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Burning Miles and
Points
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Learning to use miles and points to
their max is the hard part, but don’t
let “analysis paralysis” stop you from
starting the process.
Burning Miles and Points
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If you started earning with your end
goal in mind, then burning is easy.
Easy When You Look at Goals
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• Look back at your goals
• Look at your value per point, but
don’t get stuck there
• Hotel points usually easier than
miles (no blackout)
• Consider stopovers, open-jaws,
and free one-ways
Things to Consider with Burn
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Different award charts have
different costs and countries located
in different zones.
Award Charts
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US Airways – Australia biz 110k
US Airways – North Asia biz 90k
Aeroplan US – Europe 1 90k biz
ANA East Coast – Europe 68k biz
BA BOS-DUB – 50k RT in biz
Learn the sweet spots for your
desired destination.
Award Charts Zone Example
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• Start looking at 11 months out,
but don’t stop there
• Last minute can be great
• Expert flyer alerts
• Remember to check partners
• Look segment by segment
• Not all options online for all
airlines
Availability Issues
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• Start looking at 11 months out,
but don’t stop there
• Last minute can be great
• Expert flyer alerts
• Remember to check partners
• Look segment by segment
• Not all options online for all
airlines
Availability Issues
© Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
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Getting Started with Miles and Points - FTU Tampa

  • 1. Getting Started With Miles and Points Summer Hull – Mommy Points Ed Pizzarello – Pizza in Motion
  • 3. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Summer Hull www.mommypoints.com Twitter: @mommy_points Email: mommypoints@mommypoints.com Facebook: facebook.com/MommyPoints
  • 5. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Ed Pizzarello www.pizzainmotion.com Twitter: @pizzainmotion Email: ed@milepoint.com PizzaInMotion.com
  • 6. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved What We’re Going to Talk About • Why Collect Miles and Points • Things to Think About Up-front • How to Earn • How to Burn • Questions
  • 8. Show Your Kids the World
  • 13. Stay Places We Could Never Afford
  • 15. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Things to Think About Upfront
  • 16. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved What Are Your Goals? • Domestic tickets for multiple people • International first class for one • Business Class for two • Top end hotels around the world • Family resorts • Flexibility to book any date • Tickets to Europe during off-peak times
  • 17. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Your goals should dictate your actions. It’s much easier to know where to start when you can see the end game.
  • 18. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Reach your first miles and points goal and then set a new one. The goal is to use them, not to collect them!
  • 19. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Start small • Don’t worry about what others are doing • Do what is right for you • Don’t sweat the small stuff • Stay focused on your goals • Get organized Tips for Getting Started
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  • 21. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Award Wallet
  • 22. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Set due dates on the same day • Pay bills online • Use a spread sheet • Use service like mint.com if you need extra help • Only use certain cards in a given month Tips for Staying Organized
  • 23. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Miles and points collecting can take as much or as little time as you want.
  • 24. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Be aware that “free” isn’t always free…but sometimes it can be close.
  • 25. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Burning well is harder than earning, so pay attention to both.
  • 26. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Earning Miles and Points
  • 27. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Credit cards • Debit cards • Online shopping • Traveling • Promotions • Dining Programs • Investments • Asking/complaining Ways to Earn Miles and Points
  • 28. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Credit cards are the fastest and easiest way to earn miles and points.
  • 29. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved I have earned close to half a million points in one year.
  • 30. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Remember Your Goals 1. Flexible and transferrable points cards 2. Hotel and airline specific cards 3. Fixed value points 4. Cash back cards
  • 31. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Transferrable Points • Ink Bold – 50k • Ink Plus – 50k • Chase Sapphire Preferred – 40k
  • 32. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Transferrable Points • Premier Rewards Gold– 25k • Business Gold Rewards – 50k • Mercedes Benz Plat – 50k
  • 33. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Airline and Hotel Cards • United MileagePlus Explorer Card • US Airways MasterCard • Hilton HHonors Reserve Card • Club Carlson Visa Less flexibility, but often give “elite like” perks.
  • 34. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Barclay ArrivalCard, Capital One Venture Car & FlexPerks • Bad for premium cabins • Good for inexpensive domestic travel. • Good for those who must have date flexibility. Fixed Value Points
  • 35. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Category Bonuses • Ink Bold/Ink Plus 5x: Office Supply stores, cell phone, home phone, internet, cable • Chase Freedom 5x: rotating quarterly categories with $1,500 cap (no annual fee) • Amex PRG: 3x on airfare, 2x gas/groceries • Amex Blue Cash Preferred: 6% grocery/3% gas (grocery capped at $6K) • US Bank FlexPerks: 3x charitable donations (Kiva), 2x on cell phone and either grocery, gas, or airline
  • 36. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Chase Trifecta Chase Checking
  • 37. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Never miss a payment. • Don’t spend more just to get the bonus or more points. • Be a good customer. • Annual fees can add up, so do the math. • Credit score may go down in the short run. Dangers of Rewards Cards
  • 38. What Goes Into Credit Score Inquiries and age of account can hurt, but total debt to credit ratio can be helped.
  • 39. My Credit Score Estimates • Citi Identity Monitor • Credit Karma • Credit Sesame
  • 44. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Buy a gift card to earn bonus points • Then use that gift card via the portal to make your purchase • Check Frequent Miler’s lab for current success stories Double Dipping in Portals
  • 45. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Compare manually for large purchases for accuracy • www.evreward.com • Pick2Pay Compare Shopping Portal Rates
  • 46. Dining Rewards Network • 3x – 5x miles per dollar + sign-up and other occasional bonuses • Current 3,000 mile United promo
  • 47. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Contests, giveaways, sign-up bonuses, free point bonuses • Occasionally very lucrative promos come along – hit them big if you can • Worth doing for one, worth doing for the whole family Look Our For Promotions
  • 48. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Investments • Mortgages • LASIK • Partners (car rental, flower orders, wine clubs, etc.) • Daily Getaways (cheap purchase) • Speak up when things go wrong • Just ask Other ways of earning miles
  • 49. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Always earn miles on trips • Credit to a partner if needed • Look out for promos and register • Mileage running can be lucrative…but only for a few • Mainly done for elite status Earn Miles From Actual Travel
  • 50. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Burning Miles and Points
  • 51. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Learning to use miles and points to their max is the hard part, but don’t let “analysis paralysis” stop you from starting the process. Burning Miles and Points
  • 52. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved If you started earning with your end goal in mind, then burning is easy. Easy When You Look at Goals
  • 53. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Look back at your goals • Look at your value per point, but don’t get stuck there • Hotel points usually easier than miles (no blackout) • Consider stopovers, open-jaws, and free one-ways Things to Consider with Burn
  • 54. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Different award charts have different costs and countries located in different zones. Award Charts
  • 55. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved US Airways – Australia biz 110k US Airways – North Asia biz 90k Aeroplan US – Europe 1 90k biz ANA East Coast – Europe 68k biz BA BOS-DUB – 50k RT in biz Learn the sweet spots for your desired destination. Award Charts Zone Example
  • 56. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Start looking at 11 months out, but don’t stop there • Last minute can be great • Expert flyer alerts • Remember to check partners • Look segment by segment • Not all options online for all airlines Availability Issues
  • 57. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Start looking at 11 months out, but don’t stop there • Last minute can be great • Expert flyer alerts • Remember to check partners • Look segment by segment • Not all options online for all airlines Availability Issues
  • 58. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Questions?